Chandigarh: On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah launched a shrill attack on opposition parties, saying they were climbing "the same tree like rats, cats and snakes" to escape the demonetisation "flood" and appealed to people to give 15 years to Prime Minister Narendra Modi "from panchayat to parliament" to change the country.
Addressing BJP's booth workers here, Shah especially targeted Rahul Gandhi for opposing demonetisation, saying he is not surprised by the reaction of the Congress Vice President as his party's rule during UPA I and II was "synonymous with scams".
The scourge of black money in the country had become a cancer which needed a surgery, Shah said on demonetisation, adding "after the operation, one has to tolerate some pain, but rest of the life will be healthy."
Tearing into the opposition, the BJP chief said the parties who were questioning the government as to what steps it had taken against black money, were "crying hoarse" after the 8 November demonetisation decision.
Despite having differences, they were putting up a united front to oppose the decision taken by the Narendra Modi dispensation, he said.
"And look what the situation has become like. It is like when floods occur and a big tree is there in the middle and everyone wants to climb that tree to save themselves from the raging waters. Rats, cats, snakes, mongoose all climb that tree.
"But when all climb the tree, neither cat eats the rat nor is he scared of the animal. The mongoose does not attack the snake ...all keep staring at the raging waters down below waiting for the floods to recede".
"After demonetisation was done by Modiji, Congress, Samajwadi Party, BSP, (Arvind) Kejriwal (AAP), Mamata (Banerjee), all of them have climbed that tree. Down below demonetisation flood is passing and all are scared.
"I want to tell them that people of this country have understood your game, you have exposed yourself," he said during his 30-minute address.
The BJP President appealed to the people of Chandigarh to vote for BJP in the next month's civic polls.
"I want to appeal to people of Chandigarh that we need to give 15 years to Narendra Modi, from Panchayat to Parliament, then this country can change...," Shah said.
Earlier, Congress workers holding black flags staged protest against Shah. Their attempt to take out a procession from Sector 19 to Sector 27 - venue of the BJP meeting - was foiled by the Chandigarh police.